You would be forgiven for thinking Bowling For Soup were a relic left in the 2000’s. Contrary to this, the band have been relentlessly releasing albums recently, and their latest is Acoustic In A Freakin’ English Church recorded as part of their live acoustic tour.
The album kicks off with the rather downbeat Me With No You which is an odd choice to kick off a live set with. Nevertheless, it sounds good and the vocals are smooth. Bowling For Soup have refined their craft over many years and they perform their songs well.
The highlights of this album are undoubtedly the band’s bigger songs. If not excessively creative, it’s fun to hear the BFS classic performed acoustically. There’s a lot of great songs in here, but that’s unsurprising given the album’s nineteen song span. Amidst others there’s Almost, The Bitch Song, Ohio, Punk Rock 101 and finally the highlight 1985.
There is, however, an issue with the album for listeners who didn’t attend the gig. The band chat with the crowd all through, which is natural of course. For the attendees this is a wonderful memorial album for a special and intimate gig, but for the casual listeners it breaks up the songs from what could have been a relaxed acoustic singalong album. There are a few comedic moments through the band’s chatter with the audience, but it’s a regular stall in the flow of the album.
Something that everyone can enjoy from this album, although it may sound ironic, is the singing. The gentlemen in Bowling For Soup have some beautiful voices so if you want to hear some of your favourite old songs in an acoustic setting you’re likely to enjoy this album, but don’t expect anything special.